snorkel

noun
snor·​kel | \ ˈsnȯr-kəl How to pronounce snorkel (audio) \

Definition of snorkel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a plastic breathing tube used for swimming near the surface with the head underwater He swam about 250 yards on the surface, using a snorkel to breathe, to get past the barren sandy bottom.— Brian Clark No complicated equipment—just a mask, snorkel, and fins, and you're set to explore a shimmering world of exotic fish and Technicolor coral.— Richard Alleman
2 : a tube housing air intake and exhaust pipes for a vehicle's engine that can be extended above the water's surface so that the engine can be operated while the vehicle is partially or fully submerged Water entered the snorkel of an Argentine submarine and caused one of its batteries to short circuit before the vessel went missing this month, a navy spokesman said Monday.Chicago Tribune Most need to be specially modified … with extra ground clearance to get over big rocks, an exhaust snorkel for river crossings, industrial-strength suspension, and an engine with enough torque to power through mud and sand.— Jerry Guo

snorkel

verb
snorkeled; snorkeling\ ˈsnȯr-​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce snorkeling (audio) \

Definition of snorkel (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to operate or swim submerged using a snorkel

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Other Words from snorkel

Verb

snorkeler \ ˈsnȯr-​k(ə-​)lər How to pronounce snorkeler (audio) \ noun

Examples of snorkel in a Sentence

Verb

We snorkeled in the Caribbean on our vacation last year.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Embark on a full-day snorkel adventure along the remote bays of West Maui—or over the lava caves on the remote island of Lana’i. National Geographic, "Hawai'i High School Community Service," 12 June 2019 The P-8’s submarine detection capabilities, which are designed to pick out small objects on the surface of the ocean such as a submarine snorkel, would be useful for locating aircraft debris. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Japanese F-35 Reported Missing Over the Pacific Ocean," 9 Apr. 2019 To see glorious marine life firsthand, just slip on your fins and snorkel. The Seattle Times, "Winter getaway: Stay and play in Kaanapali, Maui," 15 Aug. 2018 As USNI News recounts, the captain of the San Juan sent a satellite phone message to his headquarters stating water had entered the ship through the snorkel and started a battery fire. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Drones Are Looking for the Lost Sub That Disappeared One Year Ago," 16 Nov. 2018 Take your pick of learning to surf or standup paddleboard, taking a sail on a catamaran, or cruising on a snorkel tour. The Seattle Times, "Winter getaway: Stay and play in Kaanapali, Maui," 15 Aug. 2018 Yet the administration largely has overlooked that Iraq is the snorkel through which Iran breathes under sanctions. Kenneth M. Pollack, WSJ, "Iraq Gets a Government—and It Was Worth the Wait," 5 Oct. 2018 Some people are blaming a popular type of snorkel mask for drowning deaths in Hawaii. Elana Glowatz, Newsweek, "Snorkeling Mask Causes Stir in Wake of Drowning Deaths, Carbon Dioxide Buildup a Possible Culprit," 14 Mar. 2018 There are baseball gloves, snorkels and boogie boards; there are sand shovels, Frisbees and a tennis racket or four. Jason Gay, WSJ, "A Fish-Crazy Boy and a Clueless Dad Find a Family Legacy," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Set out on a private boat for a two-day snorkeling adventure with marine biologists. National Geographic, "Australia High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 Authorities say a 27-year-old Maryland college student has died while snorkeling off the Florida Keys. Baltimore Sun, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland college student dies while snorkeling in Florida Keys," 4 June 2019 Monroe County Sheriff's spokesman Adam Linhardt says Vaibhav Sharma had been snorkeling with friends just before he was found unconscious in the water Monday afternoon. Baltimore Sun, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland college student dies while snorkeling in Florida Keys," 4 June 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials, while investigating the man’s Instagram account, also found a video of him aggressively pursuing a sea turtle while snorkeling at Poipu. Fox News, "Tourist in Hawaii fined for harassing endangered animals," 27 Aug. 2018 There, the duo snorkeled above vibrant coral reefs, hiked through the rainforest, and kayaked to nearby lagoons and islands—all the while making sure to squeeze in daily massages. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Inside Eliana Gil Rodriguez’s Escape to a “Pristine Paradise” in the Philippines," 17 Jan. 2019 Amenities and activities include a golf simulator, wakeboarding, reef fishing, and snorkeling with sea turtles. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Barbados," 15 Nov. 2018 So many moments stand out: snorkeling with sharks at the Great Astrolabe reef; checking out the on-island farm; coral trout sashimi for breakfast. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best New Hotels in the World," 1 May 2018 The bright blue lagoon that surrounds Moorea is excellent for snorkeling, and some sites are known for friendly populations of rays and small sharks. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of snorkel

Noun

1945, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snorkel

Noun

German Schnorchel

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snorkel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of snorkel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a special tube that makes it possible to breathe while you are swimming with your head underwater

snorkel

verb

English Language Learners Definition of snorkel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to swim underwater while using a snorkel

snorkel

noun
snor·​kel | \ ˈsnȯr-kəl How to pronounce snorkel (audio) \

Kids Definition of snorkel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a tube used by swimmers for breathing with the head underwater

snorkel

verb
snorkeled; snorkeling

Kids Definition of snorkel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to swim underwater using a tube for breathing

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